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Michael Ventura

Contributing Writer, Letters at 3AM

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Michael Ventura's recent books are If I Was a Highway: Essays by Michael Ventura and Photographs by Butch Hancock (2011) and Cassavetes Directs: John Cassavetes and the Making of Love Streams (2007). His novel-in-progress, The Dragon, is very long.

26 articles in 2011

Letters at 3AM: What's Your Sign?

Michael Ventura observes the Occupy signs of our times

Column, Dec. 29, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Occupy the Future

Corporations are not people

Column, Dec. 15, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 3

Investment, invention, and labor: the three pillars of commerce

Column, Dec. 1, 2011

Letters at 3am: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 2

You cannot arrest a population

Column, Nov. 17, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Flash Mob Dance Revolution: Part 1

It is only a matter of time before an interconnected world work force begins to ask, 'Who are we really working for?'

Column, Nov. 3, 2011

Letters at 3AM: The Mob, 9/11, and Your Garbage

Don't look too closely at your garbage collection

Column, Oct. 20, 2011

Letters at 3AM: A Sicilian on the Mob

We have not seen real Sicilian mobsters onscreen

Column, Oct. 6, 2011

Letters at 3am: Zelda's Law and 9/11

9/11 conspiracy theories will outlive their perpetrators

Column, Sep. 22, 2011

Letters at 3AM: The Second Story

Remembering the cowardice and dysfunction of the White House on 9 / 11

Column, Sep. 8, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Amber's Question

The question 'What's your favorite word?' launches a contemplative journey toward the answer

Column, Aug. 25, 2011

Letters at 3AM: An Extraordinary Silence

Oddly, American progressives don't protest Obama's war in Pakistan

Column, Aug. 11, 2011

Letters at 3AM: A Show of Hands

There has never been a war like this

Column, Jul. 28, 2011

Letters at 3AM: The Sixth War

America is engaged in hostilities on six fronts

Column, Jul. 14, 2011

Letters at 3AM: About 18 a Day

About 18 U.S. veterans commit suicide on an average day

Column, Jun. 30, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Reading Diplomatic Code

There's a shift toward the promotion of Turkey as a stabilizing force in the Middle East

Column, Jun. 16, 2011

Letters at 3AM: In a Lonely Place

Film noir is a cinema of failure

Column, Jun. 2, 2011

Letters at 3AM: The Bad and the Beautiful

Film noir cuts through the cant of America's idealism

Column, May. 19, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Miss Beaufort

'If you're to be a writer, you must write every day,' said Miss Beaufort

Column, May. 5, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Stirling at Road's End

Stirling Silliphant had a marvelous gift for writing, but he sold it out

Column, Apr. 21, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Obama, Nukes, and Us

President Barack Obama fudges the truth of his nuclear policies

Column, Apr. 7, 2011

Letters at 3AM: The Inevitability of the Unexpected

The unexpected always happens

Column, Mar. 24, 2011

Letters at 3AM: SXSW: Let Me Guess

Rio eyed Shreveport. Shreveport eyed Rio.

Column, Mar. 10, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Some Kind of a Man

After a certain age, there's no avoiding how death is a permanent part of life

Column, Feb. 24, 2011

Letters at 3AM: A Prayer at the End of My Rope

The crucial element of prayer is "no alibis"

Column, Feb. 10, 2011

Letters at 3AM: A Sweetness of Brick

Old New York is gone; only the replicas remain

Column, Jan. 27, 2011

Letters at 3AM: Life as We Don't Know It

Our planet casts a shadow

Column, Jan. 13, 2011